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Rio Scandal : Senior athletics boss arrested after kits recovered in his house


okemboSenior Kenya athletics boss has been arrested after officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday raided his home and recovered bales of Team Kenya uniforms supplied by Nike.

Mr Ben Ekumbo, the deputy chef de mission of Team Kenya for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, was taken to DCI headquarters for interrogation.

Detectives recovered boxes containing athletics shoes, tracksuits and bags from Mr Ekumbo’s house at Duplex Apartments, on Professor Saitoti Avenue in Nairobi’s Westlands suburb.

The officer , broke the door and forced their way into Mr Ekumbo’s house after he refused to open for them during the afternoon raid.

Police officers said the raid was part of investigations into the Rio Olympics scandal that saw officials embezzle funds meant for use by Team Kenya at the Games held in Brazil in August.

Mr Ekumbo is also the chairman of Kenya Swimming Federation.

Team Kenya’s chef de mission to the Olympics, Mr Stephen Soi, overall team manager Pius Ochieng and National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) Secretary-General Francis Paul, as well as NOC-K treasurer Fridah Shiroya have already been charged in court over mismanagement of Team Kenya in Rio.

The Cabinet secretary for Sports and Culture, Dr Hassan Wario, in September disbanded NOC-K before shifting its operation to Sports Kenya.

Dr Wario went on to form a probe committee to investigate the mismanagement of Team Kenya at the Games.

The committee, led by Strathmore University’s Dean of Students, Dr Paul Ochieng, handed in its report three weeks ago. Dr Wario then handed the report to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is due to release it this week.

The IOC directive followed a meeting of its officials, Dr Wario and NOC-K chairman Kipchoge Keino.